At the Mercy of Budget Cuts: AmeriCorps


  • President Trump is looking to eliminate 62 agencies and programs through his first budget proposal.
  • AmeriCorps train individuals to help provide educational, health, environmental, economic, and veteran assistance to U.S. communities in need.
  • AmeriCorps assists 11,000 schools, many in underserved, impoverished areas.
  • AmeriCorps is one of the components of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).


AmeriCorps is an immediate post-graduate employment option, as a significant number of workers are 18-to-25 years old and recent college graduates. Employees receive a stipend, health care, and assistance in paying back student loans. Public schools in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods survive on AmeriCorps members to stay within budgets and improve their quality of education.

  • THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH – “Defense and Infrastructure”

    • Deficit reduction: With the proposed program cuts, the savings would total about $2.5 billion, with $1 billion of that devoted to CNCS.
    • Hard defense: The proposed budget is funneling spending to defense and infrastructure.
  • THE OPPORTUNISTS – “It’s a value and an opportunity”

    • Social benefits: AmeriCorps programs have employed 80,000 people annually for each of the last few years, giving an opportunity to thousands of recent college graduates.
    • Drop in the bucket: The government is projected to spend $4 trillion this year; $1 billion budgeted for CNCS is 0.03 percent of the budget.
    • Reach: AmeriCorps programs teach thousands of students, help them apply for college, and assist members in pursuing careers in various fields once their time with the program ends.


  • A group of influential Republicans recently wrote a letter to President Trump stressing the importance of AmeriCorps.
  • Proposed budget needs to pass through congressional committees in both the House and Senate before written into law.
  • Other cuts include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.
  • There are currently 80,000 working AmeriCorps members, both within the main organization and through its programs such as City Year and Teach for America.


  • AmeriCorps also helps students pay off their loans, a necessity in an era of crippling student loan debt.
  • Is it fair to remove AmeriCorps from schools that need it most, even if it is to help balance government spending?